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Summer 2

  Mini Beasts! 



We will start literacy off with a week of fun phonics activities in preparation for the phonics screening check. We will then be revisiting information texts and their features, ready for making a Mini Beast fact file later in the term! We will also look at some well-known stories about mini beasts, including ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, where the children will be writing their own story in a very similar style.






In maths the children will continue with place value work looking at 2 digit numbers. We will then be learning about weight, capacity and volume. Throughout this half term we will continue to work on addition and subtraction; focusing on solving missing number addition and subtraction problems. We will also continue to work on division and multiplication, counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We will then revisit the names and values of coins, including £5 and £10 notes and will focus on adding different coins to solve problems.






Our science topic is Plants. We will look at the different types of plants and flowers we may find in our garden and also in the wild. We will learn the names of the different parts of a plant and have a walk around Underwood to see which plants we can find. We will also be having a go at growing our own!




Geography and History


Alongside our Mini Beast science topic we will link this with a mini geography topic and take a trip to the other side of the world – Australia!! We will look into how people travel to Australia, what the weather is like and how this country differs from ours. We will then look at and compare some of their Mini Beasts (although not so mini!).






Indoor: the children will be studying dance, ready for the Summer Dance Festival.


Outdoor: the children will be taking part in athletics, looking at the different track and field events.






Our R.E topic starts off nicely with a trip to Southwell Minster. We will then continue to look at Christian places of worship, learning about the different things that we find in a church and what they are used for. We will learn about people who are involved with working and helping at church and why their roles are important.




Spring 2


Spring 1




We will be improving our super writing skills through looking at and re-creating stories with repeating elements, such as 'Not Now Bernard' by David McKee.  

We will be reading and writing our own modern versions of traditional tales and are looking forward to acting them out!


We will be reading and writing instructions, focusing on clear language, bossy verbs and ordinal numbers. 



Our maths focus during this half term will mainly be on securing our number bonds up to 20, and using these number bonds in addition of up to 3 one digit numbers.  We will be learning some sneaky tricks to solve addition problems much quicker!  We will use these skills when we move on to working with money in week 4 and measures in week 5.




We will be doing lots of counting up and back in 2's, 5's and 10's and will be leaning all about odd and even numbers.  Here is our super rhyme to help us remember:


1, 3, 5, 7, 9, odd numbers are super fine!

0, 2, 4, 6, 8, even numbers are really great!




In science we will be learning about climate and weather changes throughout the year.  We will look at changes in daylight hours and question why this occurs.



We will be leaning all about the Arctic and comparing life in very, very cold places to life here in England.  We will investigate what makes a good polar explorer and learn about animals that live in extremely cold climates.  The children will research ways that we can help the environment and combat climate change.


In art the children will be learning about the inspirational artist Picasso.  They will look at and respond to his work and create their very own Picasso inspired self portraits.




Our PE days remain on a Monday and a Friday.  We will be continuing with outdoor PE with Mr Dobb on Mondays.  This half term our focus will be team games.


On Fridays we will be doing gymnastics with Mrs Howarth.  We will be using the skills taught last term in balance, rolling and jumping to create brilliant routines in response to music.  Watch this space for our videos!


Wriggly Nativity!!!

The children truly shone like stars in this years nativity!  Each and every one of the put in 100% effort and we are so very proud of them all.  Here are just a couple of photos from the performances...scroll down to see a slideshow of super images!




Autumn 2

The Great Fire Of London


In English we will be starting the half term by looking at, reading, performing and writing firework inspired poetry.  We are going to be investigating alliteration and onomatopoeia as well as the shape of a poem.  Stay tuned for our performances on this page!  We will move on to letter writing (Ho Ho Ho!), story reading and writing using the Nativity Story and much more.




We are going to continue working on addition and subtraction calculations and problems this half term, as well as looking at fractions of shapes and amounts.  We are looking deeper into number relationships (tens and units) and number patterns - and will become experts in odds and evens and counting in 2's, 5's and 10's.


Finding Half!




We are going to look into the events of the Great Fire and put ourselves in the shoes of key eye witnesses.   We will be studying different kinds of evidence and thinking about what they are useful for.  See below for a link to a fun Great Fire of London game!



We will look into the story on Bonfire Night and learn about the Gunpowder Plot.






In Science we are learning all about the changing seasons, looking specifically at Autumn and Winter and the changes we see there.  We will think about shorter days and longer nights and the reasons behind these.



Our PE days this term will be Mondays and Fridays.

Indoor: the children will be developing their dance skills with Mrs Howarth.  They will be looking at expressing themselves to portray different moods, becoming fireworks to accompany their own poetry and also becoming snowflakes.



Outdoor - We will continue outdoor PE with Mr Halfpenny, focusing on invasion games.




Children in Year 1 are expected to complete weekly spellings homework.


  • Each Wednesday your child will be given 6 spellings to learn. The spellings link to the sounds and spelling patterns that your child will learn in their daily phonics session. We will test the children on the week’s spellings the following Wednesday and send home new spellings. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings at home to ensure good progress is made as this is important for their continued progress.  We encourage the children to use ‘look, cover, write and check’ to practise their spellings.


Autumn 1

Destination Outer Space


We will start Year 1 with the exciting topic ‘Destination Outer Space’. We will be learning all about what it is like to be an astronaut, the first moon landing and about our solar system.


What fun we are having learning all about space!!  On 5/10/16 we went to the National Space Centre.....what an amazing day!  We learnt all about the space race, what it is really like to be an astronaut and whether we really think we are alone in the universe.  Here are a few of our pictures and please scroll down to see our super slide show!






We will begin the term looking at stories about travelling to the moon and aliens. We will then learn about space information texts and instructions.




This term in maths the children will be counting objects to 20, counting on and back and identifying a number 1 more. We will then be learning our pairs of numbers, starting with 5 and working up to number bonds to 10. After that we will be moving on to doubling numbers up to 5 and looking at our common 2D shapes.


Shape sorting!




In science the children are learning about everyday materials.  We will sort everyday objects and investigate each material and their uses.




We did an investigation to find the perfect material to make an umbrella for our teddies.....unfortunately poor Owl got a little wet when we tested our predictions!  We were right.  The plastic was the right material to choose as it was flexible and waterproof.  Well done Birch class!




Here we are sorting materials according to their properties:



Geography and History

The children are learning about the history of space travel, including the first landing on the moon, and what it might be like to be an astronaut. We will also be discovering what the environment in space is like.





Our PE days this term will be Mondays and Fridays.

Indoor: the children will be developing their gymnastics skills.

Here we are developing balance and rolling skills:



Outdoor: the children will be developing their outdoor PE skills through a range of multi-skills and games.




Design and Technology

The children have designed and made their own lunar buggies. They looked at how vehicles are able to move using axels and wheels and used their knowledge of materials to help with their designs.  Scroll down for a slide show of photographs!






The children will learn about Christian beliefs, including the celebration of Harvest.







Southwell Minster Time Travelling

Poetry Performances....Crackle Spit!

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5.....4.....3.....2.....1........BLAST OFF!

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Rocket launch at the National Space Centre!